A NEW #EUNARRATIVE
Discover the revamped “Message to Europeans” project about the future of Europe. A journey of six events from 2017 to 2019 around Europe. About 100.000 young people were involved. One final declaration gathered the opinions and recommendations of citizens for the relaunch of the European integration via a renewed narrative.
"It infused energy into the European public discourse, promoted critical thinking among young people in Italy, Slovenia, Hungary and shifted participants’ attention from politics to the policies that can improve the future of Europe."
“European Election 2019 — Feedback From the Ground”
published by European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)
The Original Message to Europeans
During the aftermath of WWII, in 1948, politicians, artists, philosophers, economists, entrepreneurs, scientists and trade unionists from all over Europe came together in The Hague to discuss the future of the continent under the political, economic and cultural aspects. The five pledges of their final declaration, the first “Message to Europeans”, paved the way for the European Parliament, the Court of Justice, and ultimately our current way of life in Western, Central and Eastern Europe. It was the beginning of the European integration process.
Given Europe’s present challenges, as the rise of populism, economic inequality, voters’ disengagement, and migration crisis, an update has been released thanks to the involvement of a team of “Student Leaders”.
What Message for today's Europeans?
A group of young people selected for their ability to enthusiastically engage people online and offline and for their passion for Europe. Motors of change, ensuring their active participation in the project and follow up activities the student leaders have been leaders of a mission: build engagement and raise awareness and understanding in local, national and international communities about European issues.
The Migrant and Refugee Crisis: Considering the division of competences between the EU and Member State how have the EU institutions been managing the migrant crisis?
Populisms: Is the populist backlash caused by the economic crisis, the impunity of the ruling establishment or by the lack of new political ideas?
Eurocrisis: How are the EU and Member States handling the economic crisis?
Eurosceptisism: Do the Institutions have to change laws to encourage civic engagement or citizens should step up in their responsibility to held accountable the representatives they elected?
Future of Europe: What is the cultural, socio-economic and political future of the EU?
A journey for student leaders
27-29 Nov 2017
11-13 Sept 2018
BRITISH PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE
The Causes of the Rising Populist Backlash
24-26 Oct 2018
Who was Responsible for Mishandling the 2008 Economic Crisis?
11-13 April 2018
The Hague Congress of 1948
19-21 feb 2019
Closing Event at the European Parliament and Flashmob
WATCH THE VIDEOS!
Message to Europeans 3.0 has been one of the most ambitious European projects I have ever been part of. I have many things to be thankful for and proud of: two years of discussions and proactive citizens’ engagement all around the Continent, with six events and many more hours of Skype calls and email exchanges, are indeed an extremely enriching experience. But, more than everything, the ‘secret ingredient’ of the project has been the amazing team of Student Leaders, brilliant individuals actively committed to the success of our common endeavor, which made everything special. What is more, I believe that the results of the project will have a lasting impact, and I am committed, with the other Student Leaders, to make sure that this is so. We will present our Resolutions on the future of Europe to all the Members of the new European Parliament and we will make sure that the voice of all the European citizens that gave us their opinions and ideas will be heard.
Albert Schweitzer once said “example is Leadership do something wonderful people may imitate it”. I have been honored to be a student leader with Message to Europeans do something wonderful, create a new narrative for the EU and I do hope the European Institutes will imitate it. Message to Europeans has thought me that’s it important to shape our future and Europeans can work together to create something wonderful.
This project has received funding from the Europe for Citizens Programme of the EU. The website reflects only the authors’ views and the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.